ECIS ESLMT Conference Copenhagen (2-5 March, 2017)
"The Power of Multilingual Classrooms in International Education: Implications for Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning" 
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Saturday, March 4 • 15:00 - 16:00
Theory and Practice in Comprehension-Based Classrooms: Popup Theory LIMITED

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Audience: Middle school and high school second/foreign language

Abstract: Research over the last few decades shows that grammar study has no impact on developing communicative competence. Rather, we develop the ability to use language by exposure to comprehensible and interesting input. 

Grammatical rules are at best inconsistent and unreliable, which makes the term “rule” a misnomer all together.  Consistently ambiguous, grammar rules are extremely difficult to learn and nearly impossible to apply with any level of reliability or accuracy, and more importantly, they are a distraction from the real purpose of language classes.   

There are, however, a number of instances when conscious knowledge of grammar can help: It can be of service in editing, and may occasionally help language acquirers better understand messages. It can also serve as an introduction to Linguistics. 

One way to introduce grammar in a way consistent with its uses and limitations is through "pop-up grammar," occasional explanations of selected aspects of grammar that take little time (sometimes less than a minute). We present some examples, classroom video clips and student reactions. 

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Stephen Krashen

Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California (Emeritus)
Stephen Krashen has published over 500 articles and a dozen scholarly books in the fields of literacy, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and bilingual education. Many of these publications are available for free download at sdkrashen.com.
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Fluency Matters

Carol Gaab, President / iFLT Director, Fluency Matters
Fluency Matters offers an expansive selection of comprehension-based readers specifically designed to facilitate acquisition. Stories are written with a manageable number of unique words, making them highly comprehensible, even to novice-level learners. We offer the widest selection... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET